The Cape Breton University Art Gallery presents the visual legacy of Paul MacKinnon’s Old Trout Funnies, showing original materials from the archives of the Beaton Institute, copies of the original comics and various Cape Breton Liberation Army calendars. Curated by Dr. Ian Brodie, the exhibit will be on display from October 30, 2015 – January 29, 2016.
Old Trout Funnies is a series of comics by Paul ‘Moose’ MacKinnon (Sydney Mines, NS) featuring the exploits of the Cape Breton Liberation Army, a cadre of fierce Island nationalists based on his circle of friends. MacKinnon found himself at the centre of the remarkably creative energy in 1970s industrial Cape Breton. It was a time of rediscovering traditional arts, the emergence of the community economic development movement and the birth of environmental activism. All were championed and lampooned in MacKinnon’s comic creations. The Old Trout Funnies series was only the beginning of his artistic legacy. He has produced comic books, illustrations in various publications, album artwork, street murals and a series of illustrated calendars featuring the Cape Breton Liberation Army that spanned from 1979-2000.
Image courtesy of the Artist and Artisync. Visit the Artisync website to see more of the OTF series.
Dr. Ian Brodie is the Associate Professor in Folklore in the Department of History and Culture.
He has served as President of the Folklore Studies Association of Canada and is the newly appointed editor of Contemporary Legend, the journal of the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research. His research interests include adolescent folklife, the intersections of folklore and popular culture, and stand-up comedy.
Opening reception: Friday, October 30, 2015, 6-8pm
Please join us for opening remarks and refreshments catered by No Quarter Deli & Market. The CBU Art Gallery is located in the Great Hall in the Student, Culture and Heritage Centre.